What is your definition of Fitness?

Every day as I talk to more and more people in the fitness and health industry I start learn many new things. The biggest thing that I have learned is that the Fitness(just like many other words) has a different meaning for each person or the phrase “I want to get in shape”. Well what kinda of shape are you talking about? Being in shape or being fit has has a huge range of meaning. If you talk to the skinny kid in high school his idea of being Fit is being strong with chiseled chest and washboard abs. You ask a middle age man with cardiovascular problems the same question he will answer I want to stop taking these medications and live a normal physically active life.  Now same word  but completely different meanings. The word/phrase has gets its meaning from what you value highly in life. My own personal definition of Being in shape is being able to perform many different physical activity efficiently without any pain. My looks come second even third in my definition of being fit. I like to be able to play basketball, tennis, skate, racquet  ball and many other activities without pain. I have been plagued with injuries throughout my basketball career.  Now people definition of Fitness can change over time. I had a former teammate from college his definition of being in shape was being able to play basketball at a high level.  Now that he is done playing ball his goal of being in shape is to look as ripped/cut as possible.  His definition has changed based on what was important in his life.  Whatever your definition in life is you can strive to reach that goal. It will take a lot of time and sacrifice to achieve those goals. My roommate in college gave me this old African Proverb ” If you want something to eat you grab with one hand, If you want some more take with the other hand.  Now if you want something else you will first have to place something down in order to gain more.”  My interpretation of this proverb is if you want to achieve a goal you must be willing to sacrifice something in return.  A good example is a person who is trying to get off  their hypertension medication. In order to do so they must first change their diet and start exercising. If they don’t sacrifice the fried foods  and eat a healthier diet  The will be unable to achieve their goal of getting off the medication.

Bye Bye Burger and Fries

Now it is a very tough decision to sacrifice things that you like to do or eat. If you truly want to reach a goal then you will make changes in your life or make time to exercise daily. Once you do make changes and start seeing results you will want to continue your new life style.  Back to Fitness it is a very big and broad word and people definition of fitness varies from person to person  and you shouldn’t fault or look down upon someone else because their views on fitness is different from yours.  I am at fault as well when I judge people in the gym but I am currently trying to work on that and make myself a better person.

Author: Smithfitness

A former basketball player now fitness professional. Alex holds a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Kinesiology and certified NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist(CSCS). Alex loves lifting heavy things repeatedly and going for long runs or rides and helping others achieve high levels of fitness and health. If you love fitness and health follow this blog and submerge yourself in all the fitness and health knowledge.